Hallway Talks with LGBTQ+ Rights Expert Cyril Ghosh

By Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal

Professor Cyril Ghosh, author of “De-Moralizing Gay Rights: Some Queer Remarks on LGBTQ+ Rights Politics in the US” and Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU Wagner, examines the role of the Supreme Court in guaranteeing (or not) LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. He explains criticisms on the landmark case “Obergefell v. Hodges” that ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, examines the consequences of “pinkwashing,” and describes what to expect from the Supreme Court after the Trump Administration. Ghosh offers insight on what will probably be the next big LGBQT+ issue to reach the Supreme Court, and describes what can be done to impact these issues.

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[00:00] Welcome from Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal,

[02:26] Professor Ghosh begins the discussion on how the Supreme Court impacted LGBTQ+ rights in America.

Guest Speaker

Cyril Ghosh is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He also is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Government & Politics Department at Wagner College. Cyril received a B.A. (1998) in political science and an M.A. (2000) in international relations from Jadavpur University, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. He also received an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2008) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University as well as an M.P.A. from NYU (2017).


Rhea Almeida is second-year MPA international student at NYU Wagner hailing from Mumbai, India. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for a women’s working rights group in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender equality, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. In addition to being contributing editor for The Wagner Review, she serves as senator for the Wagner Student Association, and events chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Luisa Portugal is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She earned an LLM in Constitutional Law and Theory in Brazil. Her main topics of interest are international development, climate change and the coronavirus crisis. Luisa will serve as Co-Chair of Events for the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) in the upcoming year. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

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